Re: Family History Center microfilms
- Yes, the Family History Library has microfilms all the old records in
Rhode Island and they are available through Family History Centers in
local Mormon churches.
The FHL has films of stuff no longer available in the town halls. For
exampe: the index card index to vital records found in Vol 1 of the
Richmond Land Records. It was there in the town hall when I visited in
one year about 1990. The next year it was gone and no one seemed to know
what I was talking about. The FHL has this on microfilm.
OTOH there is stuff at the town halls that has not been microfilmed.
Charlestown has a manuscript cemetery gravestone listing done during the
1970s. The FHL microfilming was done before the town hall acquired this
listing. Of course, a more complete book of Charlestown gravestones has
now been published.
Even though I made numerous pilgimages to RI when I was researching my
RI lines over a 20 year period, I could have saved a lot of money, but
had less fun, by sticking to the microfilms at the Fam Hist Centers.
Take a look at the Family History Library catalog on line at
familysearch.org to see what is available.